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Richard J. Magid
Senior Counsel
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 410.347.8716
Fax: 410.223.3496
rmagid@wtplaw.com
Awards

Mr. Magid focuses his practice on business litigation and securities. He served as the lead counsel for the defense of two major railroads in a contract dispute in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. He also gave counsel for a securities broker in the defense of claims of violations of federal and state securities laws before an arbitration panel of the National Association of Securities Dealers. Aside from being an established lawyer, he is the author of two books, The Extra Burden of the Black Hat and Suing Your Own Client: Disqualification? Don't Be So Sure.

Business Litigation

Lead counsel for the defense of a major railroad against the claims of multiple corporate and governmental plaintiffs in connection with the Baltimore tunnel fire/derailment litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Bennett, J.) and the Circuit Court for Baltimore City (Cannon, J.)

Lead counsel for the defense of two major railroads in a contract dispute in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Jones, S.J.). The jury returned a defense verdict after a two week trial

Lead counsel for a defendant major railroad in breach of contract actions brought in United States District Courts in Houston, Texas; Buffalo, New York; Alexandria, Virginia; Newark and Trenton, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Toledo, Ohio, alleging delays in rail service as a result of the division of the assets of Conrail Corp.

Lead counsel for a defendant major railroad in a contract action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) (Edmonds, J.). After a one week bench trial and adverse judgment, the case was settled on appeal to the Sixth Circuit.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Lead counsel for a major health insurer/claimant in a contract dispute before the American Arbitration Association. An award favorable to claimant was issued.

Securities Litigation

Counsel for a securities broker in the defense of claims of violations of federal and state securities laws before an arbitration panel of the National Association of Securities Dealers. The award in favor of the broker was affirmed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Kennedy, J.)

Recognitions

AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell

Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2010

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - present

Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007 - present

Publications & Presentations

Author:  The Extra Burden of the Black Hat, The Journal of the Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, Vol. 31, No. 2, Winter, 2005

Author: Suing Your Own Client: Disqualification? Don't Be So Sure, The Journal of the Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, Vol. 29, No. 2 , Winter, 2003

Memberships & Activities

Court Appointed Mediator:  Circuit Court for Baltimore City, 1999-Present

Court Appointed Mediator:  Orphans Court for Baltimore City, 2004-Present

Volunteer Pretrial Settlement Attorney:  Bar Association of Baltimore City

Chair: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Bar Association of Baltimore City, 2003-2006

Co-Chair: Judich Administration Committee, Bar Association of Baltimore City, 2008-2009

Member: Maryland State Bar Association

Member: American Bar Association

Arbitrator and Panel Chair: Financial Regulatory Authority

Education

  • Georgetown University (J.D. 1972)
    • Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
    • Horan Prize, Legal Writing
  • Brown University (B.A. 1968) cum laude

    with honors